Happy November CatHello, Dear Readers,

It’s hard to believe it’s November. Aren’t the fall colours wonderful?

After the whirlwind of October, we Mesdames are still catching our breaths from the excitement of a new CBC short documentary on our  Mesdames’ collective and the success of our launch of In the Key of 13 last weekend.

November promises to be a bit less busy, but we’ve still got some book and event highlights to share with you.


Many thanks to author and publisher (Superior Shores Press) Judy Penz Sheluk for her kind words about our CBC short documentary and our latest anthology In the Key of 13 in her newsletter:

“Cat Mills, an award-winning filmmaker, recently made a 15 minute documentary about the Mesdames of Mayhem. While I’m not a member of the Mesdames, I count several of the members among my friends, and I am beyond happy to share this news with you.”

“PS: I’ve read all of the “13” anthologies by the Mesdames of Mayhem and highly recommend them. I can’t wait to get my signed copy at the Ontario Library Association Superconference in Jan. 2020.”

Your name is on a copy, Judy.

Why CBC’s Cat Mills Decided to Make a Film about the Mesdames?

If you are wondering what prompted CBC to make the Mesdames of Mayhem short documentary, look no further than this interview with documentary director Cat Mills in CBC Books: “This CBC documentary explores why four women love writing crime fiction

International Thriller Writers Feature Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de NikolitsThe Occult Persuasion

International Thriller Writers features an interview with Mme Lisa de Nikolits about her recently published book The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution in the November 2019 issue of The Big Thrill magazine.

Madeleine Harris CallwayRead all about the Mesdames in Mme M. H. Callway’s post on Joanne Guidoccio’s blog.

In the Key of 13


On Monday, November 4th, Mmes M. H. Callway and Rosemary McCracken will attend a meeting of finance journalists to hear fellow Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) member, Bill Prentice, discuss self-publishing and present, In the Key of 13 to the journalists. This is a private event.

Madeleine Harris CallwayRosemary McCracken

On Tuesday, November 12th, 7 to 8:30 pm, Mmes Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway, Lisa de Nikolits, Cathy Dunphy, Rosemary McCracken and Caro Soles have an event at the Queen and Salter Branch, TPL, 765 Queen St. East. The panel discussion is “Canadian Mystery Writers You Should Know About”.

Mmes Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway, Lisa de Nikolits, Cathy Dunphy, Rosemary McCracken, Caro Soles

L to R: Mmes Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway, Lisa de Nikolits, Cathy Dunphy, Rosemary McCracken, Caro Soles

Madona Skaff


On Sunday, November 17th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Mme Madona Skaff will be signing copies of her novel, Journey of A Thousand Steps at Indigo Barrhaven,125 Riocan Ave, Nepean, Ontario. Go to YouTube for a look at the Journey of a Thousand Steps Book Trailer.

Mme Madona Skaf’s sequel to Journey of a Thousand Steps, entitled Death by Association, is due out in the spring of 2020. This time Naya, our intrepid sleuth, tries to solve a triple murder.


Lisa de Nikolits

On Friday, November 8th, Mme Lisa de Nikolitis will be reading from her new book, The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution at “Unforgettable Women in Fiction”, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Queen Books, 914 Queen St. East, Toronto.

On Thursday, November 28th, Mme Lisa de Nikolits will be interviewed on Crime Beat Confidential on



Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award

Crime pays…possibly! But first, you need to have a light mystery (no gravitas, please – only entertainment) published in 2019.
The clock is ticking to the December 16 deadline for submissions to the 2020 Bony Blithe Light MysteryAward with its prize of $1000 plus a charming plaque. For the submission rules, visit the Bony Blithe
submission rules page at
And for both authors and readers: Registration for the 2020 Bloody Words Mini-Con/Bony Blithe Award Gala on Friday, May 22, 2020, is now open. We’re back at the High Park Club in Toronto.
We have panels on a wide range of topics, a book dealer, lunch, the BB award dinner, and lots of opportunities to schmooze with old and new criminous friends. You can register at: http:/
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